Netgear Nighthawk M5 mobile router review: Probably too expensive, but nice

It’s strong as a router, stronger as a modem, strongest as a hotspot.

Netgear Australia Nighthawk M5 Mobile router
  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5


  • Stable, high throughput at close range
  • Works well as a modem stand-in
  • TS9 ports for better cellular range


  • Very speedy
  • No mmWave support
  • 5G plans haven't caught up to the technology

Bottom Line

The Netgear Nighthawk m% isn't quite good enough to be a router on its own for anything larger than an apartment or small home, but it's an excellent hotspot fit for even large groups of coworking people, and it could conceivably be well-suited to be a modem replacement, if only telecoms had good, widely available internet plans comparable to modern unlimited broadband.

Would you buy this?

  • Price

    $ 696.00 (AUD)

Price when reviewed

AU$696 at Telstra

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